|Alfred Vickers was born in Georgia, August 12, 1815, according to his Bounty Land and
Pension Application papers. Census records from 1840 to 1880 indicate he was born anywhere from 1812 to 1820. However, the 1900
census specifically asked the year born, and he gave 1814. He was a son of Joshua and Martha ?Patsy? Vickers. It is likely that Alfred?s birth
place was Twiggs County, Georgia, as his father Joshua was on the 1818 Twiggs County Tax Digest and drew land as a resident of Twiggs County in
the 1820 Land Lottery.
The Vickers family moved from Georgia to Henry County, Alabama, before 1823, and from there to Leon County, Florida, by 1825. George Oma Vickers, a grandson of Alfred Vickers, stated in a 1975 interview, that he often heard the story from his father, William Lafayette Vickers, of his Grandfather Alfred?s trip from Alabama to Florida. Alfred was a young boy who walked most of the way helping herd the livestock. They came in a wagon train and it took some time for them to arrive in Leon County.
Alfred Vickers married Matilda Brady around 1834. In 1838, Alfred was in the Florida Indian War, for which he received 40 acres of land in 1855. (See his Bounty Land papers)
In an October 1845 letter from Ezekiel Vickers to his brother Harris Vickers in Sabine County, Texas, Ezekiel gives information about Alfred, their brother, and then goes on to name Alfred?s six children: Delia, Eveline, Marthy Ann, Sarah Ann, Eason (Ephraim) and Arabella. More children were born to this family, as will be shown by census records. In Ezekiel?s 1845 letter, he stated that ?Mother and Alford? (Alfred) were on the place his Mother got for temp. It is not known what he meant by ?temp? unless it was a place they rented.
In the 1845 first statewide election, Alfred voted at the house of Will Johnson. William Johnson?s early land was in the E1/2 of NE1/4, Section 29 T2NR2W, which he purchased January10, 1827. This land was in the China Hill area (on State Road 12 about 4 miles west of Havana) and was the polling place where other Vickers men voted.
1840 U.S. Census, Gadsden County
1850 U.S. Census, Gadsden County--7th District
1860 U.S. Census, Gadsden County
1870 U.S. Census, Gadsden County
1880 U.S. Census, Gadsden County
1900 U.S. Census, Gadsden County, dated 6-18-1900
As can be seen by the census records, birthdates, according to the ages given, varied from census to census. Ephraim?s Civil War papers give his birth year as 1838. Two of Alfred?s daughters buried in the Vickers Cemetery show birth dates of 1835, but not the same month and day.
In interviews in 1975, two of Alfred?s grandchildren, George Oma Vickers and Mrs. Tillie Durden, said that their grandparents were buried in the Vickers Cemetery near their home place. It is assumed that Alfred?s mother, Martha ?Patsy? Vickers, is also buried in the Vickers Cemetery, as she was shown on the 1870 census in Alfred?s household.
Alfred Vickers was a good farmer, a veteran of the Florida Indian War, and a Gadsden County pioneer. There are numerous descendants of this family still living in Gadsden County.
|Alfred Vickers' Bounty Land Affidavit, 1854|
|Alfred Vickers' Declaration of Surviving Soldier, 1855|
|Alfred Vickers' Declaration of Indian War Survivor's Pension, 1892|
|Alfred Vickers' Affidavit Correcting Service Record, December 1893|
|Alfred Vickers' Claim for Indian War Service from 1832-1842|